Tuesday, September 29, 2009

B.O.L.O. (Be On the Look Out)

Some jackass (white male, 40-55 yrs old, brown hair) in a early to mid 90's blue Dodge Dakota pick-up turning left across traffic, nearly clocked me yesterday around 5:30 at Pacific and the Interstate on ramp.  The fucker wasn't looking where he going, literally, and he didn't even stop or slow down after he finally did see me.  Very scary situation.  This guy has no idea and is gonna get some one hurt.

8 comments:

Biker Bob said...

Glad your OK.

2sean9er said...

Yah, me too, it just drives me insane. The last time I got hit I was on the sidewalk, so I ride in the street and I still am almost get killed.

And with this guy it wouldn't of mattered. If I was in the crosswalk he still would of hit me.

I want to figure out if we on pedal omaha can create some public service announcement and put i on prime time TV for a week.

The D said...

Start recording their license plate numbers (if you can) and post them here, or on your blog. Registration information is public information.

Don Kuhns said...

Ugh. Same type of thing happened to me last month on my motorbike. A teenager pulled his car out from a stopsign right in front of me, sending me and my stepdaughter airborne. Broad daylight, no reason he shouldn't have seen us. I don't think he saw us until we were flailing over his hood.

I dread riding a bicycle on busy streets. There's just too many morons out there. I'll take my chances on the sidewalks. I know it's just as easy to get hit(I've had some close calls) but the chances of getting seriously mangled have to be smaller.

2sean9er said...

The D: you got any tips on how to do that in the heat of the moment? I've tried to get plate #'s in the past and it never works out.

The D said...

Sean: I always have a camera or cell phone within hands reach. I either try and shoot a photo of the plate number and driver or I memorize the plate long enough to voice record it on my phone once I get stopped.

In the not-so-distant past I used to thump cars, yell and flip drivers off, but it does no good. If anything it just angers them and they'll treat the next cyclist they cross even worse. So now I ride up next to them (if I can) and kindly explain to them that they nearly killed me and to please be more careful. I've also taken pictures of drivers as I talked to them. When asked what I'm doing I tell them I'm keeping a record of people who are trying to kill me. Then Smile and ride off.

munsoned said...

It is quite frustrating that West of 72nd street, it's way more dangers to travel by bike. There's just no solid routes where you aren't taking your life in your own hands by biking. In midtown, we still have a-hole drivers, but they are at least expecting to see some walkers or cyclists.

2sean9er said...

Thanks, D.